Purdue Engineering Equipment Finds New Home at Ivy Tech

As part of a continuing collaboration between Ivy Tech Community College and Purdue University, Ivy Tech’s Anderson campus is now home to engineering technology lab equipment from Purdue’s College of Technology at Anderson. A total of 17 pieces of equipment were moved to the Ivy Tech’s Ebbertt campus last week to be utilized by both Ivy Tech and Purdue students.

The mechanical engineering technology lab equipment is utilized in Purdue’s Engineering Technology, Industrial Technology and Organizational Leadership & Supervision bachelor’s degree programs designed to prepare technicians and technologists for highly technical positions. Ivy Tech has partnered with Purdue to offer expanded transfer of credit opportunities for its students pursuing associate degrees in similar programs with the intent of pursuing a bachelor’s degree.

“We are very excited about this expanded partnership between Ivy Tech and Purdue’s College of Technology,” said James Willey, vice chancellor of the Anderson campus. “While we have enjoyed ongoing articulation agreements with our colleagues at Purdue, this partnership promises greater educational opportunities for our students and community.”

“This equipment had been underutilized for about a year when we first started planning to relocate it to the Ivy Tech lab on 38th Street,” said Barbara Alder, Director of Purdue University College of Technology at Anderson.  “Now students from both institutions gain greater benefit without spending additional taxpayer dollars to equip the newly renovated Ivy Tech lab space.  It’s clearly a win-win for everyone involved, and the continuation of a strong partnership between Purdue’s College of Technology and Ivy Tech in Anderson.”

“The acquisition and use of this state-of-the-art equipment will enhance Ivy Tech’s ability to provide real world training and experience for our students pursing engineering technology degrees,” said Joyce Wilkerson, dean of the School of Applied Science & Engineering Technology for Ivy Tech’s East Central Region. “It will also benefit employers by providing them with workers skilled in today’s technologies.”

Among the equipment moved to Ivy Tech is a fatigue tester with tooling and testing material, heat treatment furnace, polariscope, Rockwell hardness tester, strain indicator, torsion tester with tolling and testing material and a Universal Testing Machine (UTM) with several auxiliary pieces. To complement the Purdue lab pieces and enhance the engineering technology program overall, Ivy Tech has purchased additional equipment. These pieces include a new Instron Materials Testing System, a MetaServ precision sectioning, a grinder polisher for material testing specimens and inverted laboratory metalograph.

Ivy Tech Community College is the state's largest public postsecondary institution and the nation's largest singly accredited statewide community college system serving nearly 200,000 students annually.  Ivy Tech has campuses throughout Indiana. It serves as the state's engine of workforce development, offering affordable degree programs and training that are aligned with the needs of its community along with courses and programs that transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana. It is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association.

The Purdue University College of Technology educates the future managers and leaders of technologies; accelerates technology transfer to business, industry, government, and education; and develops innovations in the application of emerging technology through learning, discovery, and engagement.  Each of the college’s seven departments is focused on putting concepts into practice through courses and research that are responsive to world challenges, relevant to industry needs and aimed at results that make a difference.  The College of Technology at Anderson offers bachelor’s degrees in engineering technology, industrial technology, and organizational leadership and supervision.